Canadian provincial health officials last year fired the parent company of CGI Federal, the prime contractor for the problem-plagued Obamacare health exchange websites, the Washington Examiner has learned. CGI Federal’s parent company, Montreal-based CGI Group, was officially terminated in September 2012 by an Ontario government health agency after the firm missed three years of deadlines and failed to deliver the province’s flagship online medical registry. (Snip) Officials at the U.S. government´s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awarded six technology contracts worth $87 million to CGI Federal for Obamacare website work, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
In another sign of the tough times in Washington these days, the White House Gift Shop, long run by a nonprofit group that helps uniformed Secret Service officers and their families, has gone broke. The Secret Service Uniformed Division Benefit Fund, which traces its roots to the 1940s and for years did business as the official White House Gift Shop, lists more than $600,000 in liabilities in a pending bankruptcy petition in Washington.
Throw the bums out. That’s the message 60 percent of Americans are sending to Washington in a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, saying if they had the chance to vote to defeat and replace every single member of Congress, including their own representative, they would. Just 35 percent say they would not.(snip) The 60 percent figure is the highest-ever in that question recorded in the poll, registered in the wake of the government shutdown and threat of the U.S. defaulting on its debt for the first time in history.
Two of the U.S. Senate´s most passionate debaters, Texas Republican Ted Cruz and Rhode Island Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse, vigorously laid out their opposing views on Obamacare and the debt ceiling in a debate on CNN´s "Crossfire" Thursday that saw neither man yield much ground. In a show featuring CNN´s Van Jones and former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich as hosts, Whitehouse equated the House GOP´s passage of 14 bills designed to restart some portions of the federal government to a strategy employed by hostagle takers who will only l release only one hostage at a time. Asked by Gingrich if
Amid the government shutdown, 60% of Americans say the Democratic and Republicans parties do such a poor job of representing the American people that a third major party is needed. That is the highest Gallup has measured in the 10-year history of this question. A new low of 26% believe the two major parties adequately represent Americans.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. administration has a little over a month to fix the technology problems crippling its online health insurance marketplace, or jeopardize the goal of signing up millions of Americans in time for benefits under President Barack Obama´s healthcare law, experts said on Thursday. (Snip) Poor turnout in enrollment would provide further ammunition for Republican foes of Obamacare, whose efforts to kill the law have culminated in a federal government shutdown that began on Oct. 1, coinciding with the launch of the health insurance exchanges nationwide. Already on Thursday, Republican lawmakers in Congress launched a new investigation into
A new report issued by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) asserts that the Obama White House is the most insular in decades, and the worst since the Nixon Administration for its secrecy and lack of transparency. The report was based on interviews with upper echelon Washington reporters and news organization chiefs. Even New York Times Washington correspondent David Sanger admitted, “This is the most closed, control freak administration I’ve ever covered.” The study examined the Obama Administration’s fight with Edward Snowden, its “Insider Threat Program” that encourages government employees to spy on other’s behavior, and the lack of transparency
At least when Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize for replacing that evil drone-flying, war-waging George Bush, he’d been on the job longer than two weeks. Not much longer than two weeks, I grant you, but he’d had at least some time to measure for drapery and get about halfway through his planning to escalate the war in Afghanistan. At the time, critics charged that the Nobel committee gave the award to Obama for just showing up, but this time it’s almost literally true: The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the Hague-based agency responsible for destroying Syria’s chemical
NEWARK, N.J. — Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker is canceling Senate campaign events because of his father´s death. Booker´s Senate campaign says in a statement that Cary Booker died Thursday in Las Vegas. He was 76. He recently had a stroke and suffered from Parkinson´s disease. Booker died less than a week before a U.S. Senate election in which his son is considered the favorite to win. Cory Booker often speaks about how his father rose up from poverty. His father and mother, Carolyn, were among the first black executives at IBM. Cary Booker, who grew up in North Carolina, also was active
Sarah Palin and Mark Levin are hitting the Garden State this weekend in the hopes of buoying Republican Senate candidate Steve Lonegan´s campaign against Cory Booker. In the process, their appearance in the "largest grassroots campaign event in New Jersey history" will serve to remind establishment Republicans why abandoning New Jersey to Democrats and media darlings was a mistake. Palin and Levin are the latest in a string of big-name Republicans (Sen. Rand Paul and Gov. Chris Christie among them) to lend their support to Lonegan, running on a Tea Party platform that has opponent Booker branding him a "flame-thrower."
The baseball playoffs are down to a final four: the Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, and Detroit Tigers. These are four of the sport’s most venerable franchises. So why not pick all-time teams (25 players and a manager) for each of them? Doing so is a highly subjective exercise, of course. The biggest problem is comparing players who played well for a team for many years with those who played great for a much shorter period. But that’s part of the fun. In some cases, we also have to consider steroids, I think. That’s not fun. I’ll start with
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel should resign for failing to ensure that the families of fallen American soldiers received the death benefits to which they are entitled. "I think Chuck Hagel needs it to think about offering his resignation over this," Hunter told Fox News´s Megyn Kelly Thursday night. "Because he´s the one who´s at the top of this food chain and broke the sacred trust with these families. These military families were not pawns to be played with by this administration to make political points. And that´s exactly what happened in this situation." The Pentagon
Leaders in Utah say they found a way to get around the government shutdown. Utah will reopen its five national parks by Saturday, as well as three other nationally run locations. Utah´s Governor Gary Herbert made the announcement Thursday, saying a deal had been reached with the U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. "Utah agrees to pay the National Park Service (NPS) up to $1.67 million— $166,572 per day—to re-open eight national sites in Utah for up to 10 days. If the federal government shutdown ends before then, the State will receive a refund of unused monies" an official press statement
New Haven, CT - In the midst of major changes in health care, United HealthCare has sent thousands of pink slips to Connecticut doctors. Termination letters went to physicians caring for Medicare patients. Those letters were sent out to doctors caring for ´Medicare Advantage´ patients. It´s a plan, marketed to Seniors to provide additional services through UnitedHealthCare. A mix of primary care and specialty doctors are affected by it. And it comes at a questionable time. Open enrollment for Medicare starts next Tuesday, and it´s still not clear at this time as to which doctors are still in the United
Last week I accused the president of having a vindictive streak — of deliberately trying to make the lives of average Americans worse just so he could score ideological and political points. In the case of the sequester, he ordered Cabinet secretaries not to do their jobs — i.e., to manage as best they could — but instead to find ways to make the cuts needlessly painful for innocents caught in the crossfire. They dusted off the same playbook for the shutdown. As one park ranger told The Washington Times, “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we
The behavior of the National Park Service during President Obama’s shutdown campaign has been shocking. As has been widely reported, Park Service employees have been told to make life as uncomfortable as possible for people, and have flourished in that endeavor. They have acted crudely and unprofessionally as a partisan and ideological arm of the White House and its propaganda campaign. If you’re not familiar with what I’m talking about (that would exclude American Spectator readers), then you listen only to NPR, watch only MSNBC, and read only the New York Times. Just click Google and start searching. There are frightening
Republicans and conservatives are clearly in the mood for a fight. That martial spirit is part of what has brought us to the standoff in Washington. It´s odd then, that the battle for the governor´s mansion in Virginia, which pits a solid conservative attorney general against a Democratic moneyman and back-scratching liberal Clinton pal, should be so neglected. Ken Cuccinelli is currently being buried in campaign spending by Terry McAuliffe. McAuliffe, who may not know much about Virginia, or about how to govern a state, but who certainly knows how to raise money, is outspending Cuccinelli two to one.
Despite the quiet here on this subject thus far at SiliconANGLE we have been keeping our eyes on what is possibly the biggest tech topic happening in the news right now. The issue at hand is the launch of ObamaCare online. It’s a hot topic that is philosophically dividing the country right now along political lines, along socio-economic lines, along just about every line there is to be divided over, many Thanksgivings could get cancelled over this (there’s also this big government shutdown) – it’s that contentious. Regardless of the variety of places to hear whatever facts and justification align
The federal agent who blew the whistle on the Fast and Furious scandal is suddenly unwelcome at the very Border Patrol agency he sought to protect. For months, John Dodson, a special agent at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, has been his agency’s liaison to U.S. Customs and Border Protection in a local office in Arizona. He also had been widely saluted by border agents and their families for first revealing that weapons that ATF knowingly allowed to cross into Mexico were showing up at murder scenes on both sides of the border. One of those scenes was the December
I am the reason liberals believe their policies and ideas will work in the real world. I am the driven American entrepreneur. Every time an entrepreneur accepts a directive from the government that will harm his chance of earning a profit; every time a roadblock is put up and the entrepreneur finds a way to adapt and keep moving on; every time a conservative curses the policy of the liberal but still keeps running his business and paying taxes... he confirms the liberal policy as a logical reality.
Cory Booker, the Democratic candidate in New Jersey’s special election for the U.S. Senate next week, has had a honeymoon with the news media that’s lasted a dozen years. A tall, telegenic, mixed-race liberal lawyer with an Ivy League degree and the gift of gab, he long ago charmed New York and Washington media elites. In a sense, he was akin to Barack Obama before Barack Obama hit the national radar screen with his “red states, blue states” speech at the 2004 Democratic national convention.
An Army veteran has received a grovelling apology from a theatre after he was banned from standing up during a military performance of the national anthem for health and safety reasons. Retired Royal Artilleryman Doug Speller, 74, had been looking forward to watching his regiment´s official march performed live at the Apex theatre in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. But after buying his £18 ticket for the balconies, the proud serviceman was told he would have to remain seated throughout the Path to Peace concert. Mr Speller, of Thetford, Norfolk, said he could not believe the theatre had banned him from
Rep. Bill Huizenga (R., Mich.) sent a letter to the National Park Service (NPS) on Wednesday demanding answers to the agency’s “dubious” handling of the government shutdown.Ninety-three additional members of Congress have signed onto the letter sent to NPS Director Jonathan B. Jarvis questioning if politics is involved in the closings of the World War II Memorial, privately owned parks, and other sites across the nation.“The National Park Service continues to act in an arbitrary and punitive manner to exclude veterans from memorials built in their honor and the American people from many of our country’s national treasures,” said Huizenga
President Obama has rejected a proposed compromise from House Republicans that could have helped to end the congressional standoff that led to the now 11-day-old partial federal government shutdown. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) pitched a “clean” six-week increase with nothing in return to the community organizer in the White House and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). As Big Government’s Matthew Boyle reports,